Traverse Area Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Traverse Area Trip Guide

Farm-to-table restaurants and fabulous resorts make Traverse City (and nearby towns) delicious fun.


The Traverse City Film Festival (July 30-August 4, 2013) revitalized the historic State Theatre.
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What to do

Brick Wheels In addition to rental bicycles, snowshoes and skis, you can shop for new gear, get repairs, or ask for info on recreational areas and sporting events. In Traverse City. (231) 947-4274;

Clinch Park You’ll find public beaches all along the shore, but this 1,500-foot beach and marina is just a couple blocks from downtown Traverse City. (800) 872-8377; 

Dennos Museum Center On the Northwestern Michigan College campus in Traverse City, the center’s exhibits include an extensive collection of Inuit art. (231) 995-1055; 

Little Traverse Wheelway A 26-mile paved bicycle and jogging trail traces the shore of Little Traverse Bay for fantastic views. See reviews and ratings. (231) 348-8280;

Manitou Sail aboard a two-masted schooner on West Grand Traverse Bay. (800) 678-0383;

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore These 400-foot-tall sand dunes are gorgeous. The 35-mile lakeshore includes North and South Manitou islands, accessible by ferry from Leland (26 miles northwest of Traverse City). See reviews and ratings. (231) 326-5134; 

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